Topic / Catholicism

Five Indian nuns among eight arrested over teenager’s rape

Father Robin Vadakkumcherry*, above, along with five nuns and two doctors, have been arrested in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old girl. The vicar at the St Sebastian Catholic Church in Kottiyoor, was allegedly trying to flee India when Kerala police swooped. According to this report, the eight were arrested on suspicion of covering […]

Gruesome find at Catholic home for unmarried mothers

Ireland’s Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone TD, above, has described the find of ‘significant quantities’ of human remains at a former Catholic institution in Tuam, Co Galway, as ‘very sad and disturbing news’. Zappone said in this report: It was not unexpected as there were claims about human remains on the site over the last number […]

Paedophile priests better inside the church than out

Last year it was reported that paedophile priest Mauro Inzoli, above, had agreed to pay out a sum of €125,000 his victims, aged between 12 and 16. Each received €25,000. Inzoli, known as “Don Mercedes” for his love expensive cars and under-aged boys, was defrocked in 2012 but was later, controversially, welcomed back to the priesthood […]

Anti-Pope posters reveal deep divisions in the Catholic Church

Earlier this month, authorities in Rome sprang into action to cover up a series of posters that sprang up all over the city. The posters, according to Fox News, showed a scowling Pope above the words: Ah Francis, you’ve taken over congregations, removed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the Franciscans of the Immaculate, […]

Priest jailed for 28 years for abusing vulnerable children

Roy Lovatt, 71, above, a Catholic priest and housemaster at a Yorkshire children’s home, received the lengthy jail sentence at Leeds Crown Court this week after he was was found guilty of four charges of indecent assault and five of serious sex assaults against two boys. Roy Leonard Allen, 72, a colleague of Lovatt’s at […]

US Catholics angry at Boys Scouts … and Donald Trump

Last year, Joe Maldonado, above right, an 8-year-old transgender boy from New Jersey was barred from his local Cub Scout pack because the Boy Scouts of America refused to recognise his gender identity. But last month the BSA, to its credit, changed its admittance policy and said they would allow him to return. The Archdiocese […]

RCC spokesman in tears over Australian abuse revelations

The enormity of child sexual abuse within the Australian Catholic Church has been revealed after years of investigations – and prompted a tearful senior Church official say today (Monday): These numbers are shocking. They are tragic and they are indefensible. According to this report, between 1950 and 2015, seven percent of Australian priests were accused […]

Spanish nun sparks fury by claiming Mary was not a virgin

Sister Lucia Caram, 51, popular in Spain for her TV cookery programmes and her outspoken political views, has upset the Catholic Church by claiming that Mary was no virgin. The nun, who has 180,000 followers on Twitter, received a sharp rebuke after she said on a chat show at the weekend that she didn’t really […]

Knights of Malta head quits after condom row with Pope

Grand Master Matthew Festing, 67,  pictured above, has resigned after becoming embroiled in a public dispute with the Pope over a condom distribution programme. His resignation, according to this report, comes after German aristocrat Albrecht von Boeselager was dismissed over the condom programme last month. Festing had refused to cooperate with a Vatican inquiry into […]

Horoscopes are ridiculous but Satan is real says exorcist

Mexican priest Father Francisco López Sedano, above, dismissed horoscopes as ‘ridiculous’ in a recent interview. Thinking that the stars influence our lives is “the biggest lie,” Lopez said. They’re a million miles away! They are bodies made up of metals and gases, how are they going to influence us? The same goes for magic, which is […]